The Temperature has warmed up, and so has the walleye bite.
Now if only the wind would cooperate .
Small craft warnings and storm threats have kept the average fisherman at port, but there have been some good reports on walleye and yellow perch.
OBSERVER?Photo by Gene Pauszek
From left, Wesley Bartoo and Bill Centner display a nice catch of walleye taken during last weekend.
Local fishermen Wesley Bartoo and Bill Centner, along with Dick Kern, reported doing well last weekend fishing west. The trio were reportedly using leadcore line presentation towing chatter sticks a stick bait made by Renosky. Joe Moscoe and Chris Kruse also headed west and used worm harnessess off the down riggers.
Tim Fedeson, who caught the heaviest walleye of the two-day AMARA-CAN, reported taking his walleye fishing west and using a size 30 jet diver, towing a perch finish 3-D worm harness. Ty Richardson and Dave Earley used braided fishing line and Erie Tracker worm harnesses for their success. Team 37, made up of Gregg and Mitchell Bull, Al Peterson and Matt Mcavoy, reported fishing on the border and using worm harnesses on size 20, 30 and 40 jets on braided line presented 140- to 225-feet back.
All that boat traffic coming out of the Dunkirk Harbor must have attracted the yellow perch. There was one report of a two-man limit catch which started in earnest shortly after the second wave of boats departed Sunday. The anglers reported hooking up with three perch at a time as soon as the rig hit bottom, while using salted minnows that were reportedly three year old. Cool!
On Chautauiqua Lake, the perch and bass bite continues while walleye fishing has slowed down. The muskie bite has been reported steady.
Calendar: The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club is hosting a Hunter Safety Training Course this Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m., returning on Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pre-register at Cassadaga Shurfine.
The Bear Lake Club will, also host an Archery Safety Course on Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Pre-register at Cassadaga Shurfine.
There will be some safe boating courses at Chautauqua Marina. A one-day course will be held Sunday, July 17, starting at 9:30 a.m., and a two-day course Saturday, Aug. 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., returning on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 9 until 11 a.m. Note the Safe Boating Courses meet all the requirements for the New York Safe Boating Program for ages 10 years old to adult. All forementioned courses will be held at Chautauqua Marina. For information or to register for courses, call Deb Clementi, NTS Certified Instructor at 753-0409 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on courses or events at Chautauqua Marina, call 753-3913 or go to www.ChautauquaMarina.com.
The Lakeshore Longbeards will present its annual Juniors Acquiring Knowledge and Ethics (JAKES) day event Saturday July 23, at the Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road in Westfield. For information and to sign up, contact Bob and Judi Turk at 934-4538.
The Cattaraugus County Sportsman's Rendezvous at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley will be held Aug. 12-14. For more information, call 492-0432.
If your club is hosting an event which pertains to the outdoors and you would like to pass along the information, or your favorite hunter/fisherperson has a good story to share, contact the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5 after 5 p.m.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.